I second Carl's recommendation of looking at GatorCases -- they seem quite expensive at first but getting something which is professionally constructed and just turns ready to be fitted with stuff is *super* valuable. People will say that they can make you something similar for much cheaper but unless you get *super lucky* it will always take forever and be a huge hassle. They also look pretty nice (as they are generally onstage with DJs) so you can have them visible near / on the podium.
You can get pretty nice "rack cases" which are aimed at DJs and such, things like this -> http://gatorcases.com/g-tour-half-rack-cases/ or http://gatorcases.com/portable-lightweight-racks/. They generally have about ~2ru full width and place for a laptop -- something like this -> http://gatorcases.com/products/racks-portable/laptoprack-cases/studio-2-go/laptop-and-2-space-rack-bag-gsr-2u/ You could put a Opsis + Carl's Extron VGA converter + Mic Receiver + little draw for mDP converters and HDMI cables all in half-width-1RU cases side-by-side in the rack section and then a capture laptop on top. They can all be cabled together and ready to go too. See this for example -> https://docs.google.com/drawings/d/1paJZ6QFKTkndtG7LTi5TPpy6PGCSGTcphxBwSXc2OKc/edit Tim 'mithro' Ansell On 13 February 2018 at 08:53, Carl Karsten <c...@nextdayvideo.com> wrote: > I would suggest putting the Opsis and such in a half rack case - like this > one: > > http://gatorcases.com/products/racks-portable/half- > rack-cases/g-tour-rack-half-rack-cases/6u-half-rack-with- > 8-depth-g-tour-6uhr/ > $220 usd > > 6u = > Opsis, > turbot, > 2 mic receivers, > 2u draw fro mics and short cables > > http://gatorcases.com/products/rack-accessories/half-rack-accessories/ > rackworks-half-rack-accessories/half-rack-standard-width-2u-drawer-grw- > halfrkdrw2/ > > I have a full sized 4u case that I used once or twice, and I found it > annoyingly large given I didn't really need that much space. > > ps - my understanding of "front of house" is the spot in the audience area > where the mixers are. we can debate what meaning of house and its > origination, or just try to figure out how to communicate with venue staff. > > > > > > On Sun, Feb 4, 2018 at 4:32 PM, Kyle Robbertze <krobber...@gmail.com> > wrote: > >> The video team has been discussing the purchase of audio hardware for >> some time. During the Paris sprint in 2016 , we drew up a list of >> hardware that we would like to own . Included in this list was audio >> gear that we currently hire, but would like to own. During DC17, Andy >> and I broke this list down into three flight-cases and started >> estimating prices for the equipment we need. We finished this during the >> Cambridge sprint in 2017  and Andy mocked up images of the >> front-of-house rack. This rack is the box that will sit at the front of >> the talk room next to the speaker, which will contain the Opsis/Turbot >> chassis and microphone receivers. >> >>  https://wiki.debconf.org/wiki/DebConf17/Videoteam/Sprint1 >>  >> https://wiki.debian.org/Teams/DebConf/Video/VideoTeamDocs/Ne >> wVideoTeamHardware >> https://wiki.debian.org/Sprints/2017/DebConfVideoteamSprint20Nov2017 >> >> There is a lot of hardware on the list, and I think it best that we buy >> it in stages, one rack at a time. The easiest to begin with would be the >> Opsis/Turbot chassis, as we already have much of what is needed. It also >> contains the Opsis HDMI capture board and the single board PC to run it. >> Having both items in a single chassis will allow us to treat it as one >> unit and place it in the front-of-house rack when that is built. The >> list can be found on the wiki  with explanations around each piece >> listed. I will list only this set equipment with associated costs here. >> >> * 1x 1U chassis ($0) >> * 1x Opsis ($0) >> * 1x Turbot ($149) >> * 1x Small PC PSU ($35) >> * 1x Milkymist IO Expansion board for Opsis ($65) - This is currently >> non-functional on the Opsis, but work is planned for using it as audio >> I/O once the Opsis can support audio output over USB >> * 1x DI Box Stereo, unbalanced -> balanced, TRS -> XLR ($20) >> * 1x Small SSD (120GB) ($60) >> * 1x 50cm HDMI cable ($8) >> * 1x Bulkhead RJ45 coupler ($10) >> * 1x RJ45 patch cable ($3) >> TOTAL: $350 >> >> The USB sockets on the chassis are connected to the Turbot board so that >> it can be managed directly if needed. The Turbot uses the SSD to store >> its OS and the sponsor loops, etc. The Turbot's HDMI output is connected >> to the Opsis input 2. >> >> This chassis can be placed at the front of the room and used as an >> appliance. It is connected to the network, and it can be provisioned >> using Ansible and PXE, similarly our current setup. It will be easy to >> integrate into the front-of-house rack when we purchase that because it >> is a standard 1U form-factor. >> >> Another useful box that could be bought at the same time is the sound >> mixer ($690). This contains the following: >> >> * 1x Mixing desk, suggest Behringer X2442USB ($460) >> * 1x Flight case ($190) >> * 1x Gooseneck Lamp 12V BNC - LED ($30) >> TOTAL: $680 >> >> These prices are based on web searches and are not necessarily the >> cheapest out there. We will need to adjust them once we find a supplier >> who can quote us properly. >> >> The final rack is the front-of-house rack, which is tricky because the >> wireless microphone receivers need to be compatible with many different >> regions and legal requirements. The Shure AD4Q Four-Channel wireless >> receiver appears to be compatible with all ITU regions, subject to >> confirmation. The rack includes the following equipment: >> >> * 1x Shure AD4Q Four-Channel Digital Wireless Receiver ($6000) >> * 2x Shure AD1 Bodypack Transmitter with TA4 connector ($1600) >> * 2x Shure WH20 Headset Mic TA4 connector ($260) >> * 2x AD2/B58 Handheld Wireless Microphone ($1878) >> * 2x 1U draw with foam insert (store mics) ($140) >> * 1x 4U flight case ($220) >> * 1x 4U Tray ($130) >> * 1x Opsis / Turbot PC / SSD & PSU in 1U Box (see above list) >> * 1x Euro 4 way mains block ($15) >> * 2x Bulkhead RJ45 coupler ($20) >> * 6x Panel mount XLR Male socket ($12) >> * 3x Bulkhead HDMI ($54) >> * 4x Bulkhead BNC coupler ($16) >> * 1x Switched IEC Filtered Power Inlet Socket ($10) >> * 1x Gigabit switch (5 port unmanaged) ($35) >> * 3x 50cm HDMI cable ($32) >> * 4x 50cm BNC 50R coax cable ($60) >> * 5x RJ45 patch cable ($12) >> * 3x 1m XLR Female to female cable ($18) >> TOTAL: $8467 >> >> I suggest that this be purchased separately, as it is a big investment. >> It probably will mean the end of Logistique Olasd SARL, which will >> require planning around finding a logistics sponsor or some other way of >> handling shipping of equipment. >> >> >